Chelsea Cummiford Kaplan, PhD
Chelsea Kaplan is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center (CPFRC). She completed her undergraduate degree in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science and her doctorate in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. For her graduate work, Chelsea was co-mentored by Dr. Rick Harris at the CPFRC and Dr. George Mashour, director of the Center for Consciousness Science. Her thesis examined functional connectivity and brain network organization in chronic pain patients compared to healthy controls, and how a non-pharmacological treatment (transcranial direct current stimulation) alters these functional brain networks to cause analgesia. This knowledge could lead to more informed stimulation sites and personalized treatment (pharmacological or alternative treatment, most effective stimulation site) based on network connectivity at baseline. As a Research Fellow at the CPFRC, Chelsea will continue to use neuroimaging and advanced network analyses to understand how the brain is contributing to the perception of pain in chronic centralized pain conditions.